Monthly Archives: March 2012

Japanese Trade and the Yen

March 7, 2012
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Japanese Trade and the Yen

I have had the pleasure over the last couple of weeks to help plan the CFA Society of Alabama 2012 Dinner featuring Jim Rogers and Barron’s Senior Editor Jack Willoughby.  The event was fantastic, and I would like to publicly thank Jim Rogers an...

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How to Import SPSS Data into R

March 7, 2012
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This video tutorial demonstrates how to import data into R that is currently in SPSS format. The video also shows how to do use a few basic commands on datasets, once they are imported into R. The steps in this video apply whether you are using a Mac o...

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How to Import SPSS Data into R

March 7, 2012
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This video tutorial demonstrates how to import data into R that is currently in SPSS format. The video also shows how to do use a few basic commands on datasets, once they are imported into R. The steps in this video apply whether you are using a Mac or a PC/Windows machine. See more videos on www.statsmakemecry.com.

How Not To Draw a Probability Distribution

March 7, 2012
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How Not To Draw a Probability Distribution

If I google for “probability distribution” I find the following extremely bad picture: It’s bad because it conflates ideas and oversimplifies how variable probability distributions can generally be. Most distributions are not unimodal. Most dist...

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Philadelphia Schools

March 7, 2012
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Philadelphia Schools

I'm on spring break, and yesterday I took some time to check off some items on my to-do list, namely:Start getting acquainted with all the new features of ggplot2 .Get a handle on dealing with geographic data in R.I've done some furtive geographic...

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Setting Up and Customizing R

March 7, 2012
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For the longest time I resisted customizing R for my particular environment. My philosophy has been that each R script for each separate analysis I do should be self contained such that I can rerun the script from top to bottom on any machine and get the same results. This being said, I have now

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Strike Zone Changes?

March 7, 2012
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Strike Zone Changes?

It's been a while since I have posted here. I have been swamped with some papers I am trying to get out, finishing up the dissertation, and interviews (faculty ones in addition to others). I should have some big news in the next couple of weeks regar...

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Why an inverse-Wishart prior may not be such a good idea

March 7, 2012
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Why an inverse-Wishart prior may not be such a good idea

While playing around with Bayesian methods for random effects models, it occured to me that inverse-Wishart priors can really bite you in the bum. Inverse Wishart-priors are popular priors over covariance functions. People like them priors because they are conjugate to a Gaussian likelihood, i.e, if you have data with each : so that the

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ThinkStats … in R :: Example 1.3

March 7, 2012
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With 1.2 under our belts, we go now to the example in section 1.3 which was designed to show us how to partition a larger set of data into subsets for analysis. In this case, we’re going to jump to example 1.3.2 to determine the number of live births. While the Python loop is easy

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RcppArmadillo 0.2.36

March 6, 2012
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RcppArmadillo release 0..2.36 is now on CRAN. It contains just the changes from the new Armadillo release 2.4.4. The NEWS entry below summarises the changes. 0.2.36 2012-03-05 o Upgraded to Armadillo release 2.4.4 * fixes for q...

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